Creative Arts Play
Invite some penguins into your house for the winter! Find an old egg carton, some sheets of construction paper, a sharpie and some markers or paint. Start by cutting out individual egg carton cups. Next bring out the markers or paint and let your child color their penguin. When they are done, add eyes using googly eyes or a marker. You can add feet and a nose using orange construction paper and a white circle for the belly!
Make your own puffy paint! You will need one cup of flour, one cup of salt and half or three quarters of a cup of water. Mix the ingredients together, but make sure it isn't too watery or not too thick. Once you have mixed everything together separate it into different plastic bags. Add some food coloring to each plastic bag and then mix it together. When you are ready to paint, cut the one of the bottom corners of the bag off. The amount you cut off really depends on how thick you want the paint to come out. Experiment with color combinations and have fun!
Embrace the snow and ice and use it to make some beautiful outdoor decorations! Go outside for a few minutes and collect things like holly, berries, pine needles or leaves. Fill a few paper plates with water and place the outdoor items in the water. Find a piece of string or ribbon and place part of that into the water. Put the plates outside and let them freeze overnight. In the morning, rip the paper plate off of the ice block and head outside. Use the remaining piece of string to tie it to a tree and admire your ornament!
Make a Paper Plate Sun! Put a nickel on the table, give your child a piece of yellow construction paper, and show them how to tear the paper into small pieces, to match the size of the nickel. After they have torn several pieces of paper, have them glue the pieces to the paper plate to cover the entire surface. Then draw a set of triangles on orange construction paper, and have your child cut them out and glue them to the back of the plate. Use markers to add a face or decorate the sun. Hang the finished project from the window and let the sun shine in!
Create your own Popsicle Stick Puzzle! Have your child count out seven craft sticks and arrange them next to each other to create a square, taping them together on one side. Invite your child to flip over the craft stick square and draw or paint an image of their choice. Remind them that they're making a puzzle, so it can be as tricky or easy as they'd like! Once it's dry, flip over the puzzle and remove the tape. Now try to put it back together, or offer it to someone else to try!
Make a Toilet Paper Octopus! Paint a toilet paper roll any color you want your octopus to be! When it is dry cut 8 strips halfway up the roll to make the tentacles! Wrap each strip around a marker to curl the legs. Paint or draw a face and add any other details. Don't forget to talk to your child about sea life and other animals that live in the ocean while they're working!